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JOAN M. GERO 1944-2016 The world became a lesser place with the passing of Professor Joan Gero on 14th July, 2016. Professor Gero was an eminent scholar in the socio-politics of archaeology, the archaeology of gender, archaeological ethics and South American archaeology. With Margaret Conkey, she co-edited the seminal volume Engendering Archaeology: Women and Prehistory, published by Basil Blackwell in 1991 and re-printed six times. Her most recent publications include ‘The Evolution of Happiness” (with […]

Joan M. Gero 1944-2016


MEDIA RELEASE: 22nd June, 2016 PROTECTION OF THE AREA OF KAVO SIDERO IN EAST CRETE 22 June, 2016 The World Archaeological Congress (WAC) expresses its serious concern about the planned building of a Luxury Golf Resort by the Loyalward Ltd, a subsidiary of the British company “Minoan Group”, in the area of Kavo Sidero in East Crete. This area, designated by the European Union as a NATURA 2000 site in need of special protection and […]

Protection of the Area of Kavo Sidero in East Crete


Nominations are now closed. Notice is hereby given of the call for nomination for a number of places as regional representatives, identified below, on the Council of WAC. The Council is the main governing body of WAC between meetings of the WAC Assembly (the Assembly only meets during major WAC Congresses). Full details of the role, responsibilities, and make-up of the Council are given in Article 9 of the Statutes which is appended below for […]

Call for nomination to the Council of the World Archaeological ...



Notice is hereby given of the call for expressions of interest to stand as WAC Executive Officers. The elections will be held during the next WAC International Conference: WAC-8 Kyoto in Japan. The Executive is the main governing body of WAC between meetings of Council. It administers the affairs of WAC in accordance with its statutes, the decisions and policy of the Assembly, and the decisions of Council. The Executive has full power to take […]

Call for expressions of interest to stand as Executive Officers ...


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Peter Ucko was the founding father of the World Archaeological Congress. Following his untimely death in June 2007, The Peter Ucko Archaeological Trust was set up by his many friends and colleagues. In recognition of the unique contribution that Peter made to WAC and world archaeology the Trust provides funding for: People to attend WAC conferences who would otherwise be unable to participate; The Peter Ucko Memorial Lecture; and The Peter Ucko Award. Decisions regarding […]

The Peter Ucko Archaeological Trust


WAC and the Local Organizing Committee of the Eighth World Archaeological Congress invite you to join WAC-8 in Kyoto, a traditional Japanese capital with incredible cultural heritage.

WAC-8 First Circular



  Media Release: 9 March 2015 PROTECTION OF HERITAGE IN IRAQ   The Executive Committee and members of the World Archaeological Congress (WAC) join other archaeological and cultural heritage organizations in denouncing the recent destruction of ancient artifacts at the Mosul Museum and architecture at Nimrud in Iraq. As noted in the recently published WAC Dead Sea Accord on the Protection of Cultural Property in the Event of Armed Conflict, it is a foundational belief […]

WAC Statement on Mosul and Nimrud Destruction


The World Archaeological Congress announces the adoption a new accord: “WAC Accord on the Protection of Cultural Property in the Event of Armed Conflict.” The accord was originally proposed as a resolution to the WAC Assembly in WAC-7 Dead Sea, Jordan in January 2013. The general membership was consulted in April and May 2013, and a WAC Inter-Congress, jointly organized by The American University of Rome, Blue Shield, University of Vienna and University of Newcastle, […]

WAC Dead Sea Accord Announcement


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  We regret to inform you that Professor dr. W.J.H. (Willem) Willems passed away on 13th December, 2014, after a brief battle with illness.  Professor Willem was an eminent archaeologist who was recognised globally for his expertise in Roman archaeology and in cultural heritage management. Since 2006, Professor Willem has been Professor of archaeological heritage resource management and Dean of the Faculty of Archaeology at the University of Leiden in The Netherlands.  Prior to this he […]

Professor dr. W.J.H. (Willem) Willems (1950-2014)



The Eighth World Archaeological Congress (WAC-8) will be held in Kyoto, Japan. Click here for more information. Visit the official WAC-8 website!  

WAC 8 Announcement


World Archaeological Congress Comments and Suggestions for Additions and Amendments: ‘World Bank Environmental and Social Framework First Draft for Consultation July 30, 2014’ The World Bank has published its policy paper ‘First Draft of Environmental and Social Fraework’ for the purpose of public consultation for the period between July 2014 and early 2015. For more information, see: http://consultations.worldbank.org/consultation/review-and-update-world-bank-safeguard-policies   The downloadable document can be found at:   http://consultations.worldbank.org/Data/hub/files/consultation-template/review-and-update-world-bank-safeguard-policies/en/materials/first_draft_framework_july_30_2014_0.pdf   The document includes the section entitled: […]

WAC Comments on World Bank Environmental and Social Framework Draft


Position Paper: Excavation of Archaeological Material in the Popular Media Excavating an archaeological site is an unavoidably destructive process. Archaeologists mitigate this destruction through the use of careful excavation techniques, documentation, preservation, and reporting procedures that have been developed over the past century, and are updated as new technologies become available. Procedures include documenting exactly what was done in the field; analyzing and describing in detail all that was found that might be pertinent to […]

Position Paper: Excavation of Archaeological Material in the Popular Media